Posts Categorized: Licensing

Applications open for small-scale DAB multiplex licences

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom is now advertising the first 25 small-scale DAB radio multiplex licences – offering a low-cost route for local commercial, community and specialist music stations to take to the digital airwaves. Small-scale DAB is an innovative technology that will expand local digital radio coverage and ensure listeners will be able Read more +

Temporary RSLs can continue beyond 5th September

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Temporary radio stations providing news and information about the coronavirus pandemic have the option to continue to broadcast beyond 5 September, in areas which are subject to additional lockdown restrictions. Ofcom introduced the new temporary Covid-19 “short-term restricted service licence” (SRSL) at the start of lockdown in March. Licences were Read more +

Key Commitments Survey

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Campaigns, Licensing, Radio Industry.

The Community Media Association is surveying the sector on the delivery of stations’ key commitments during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. We are collating responses to be presented to Ofcom in August and all replies will be anonymised for confidentiality. https://chat.commedia.org.uk/t/key-commitments-survey/1788

Ofcom awards three new community radio licences in Northampton

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has announced the award of three new community radio licences in Northampton. The three new community radio licences have been awarded to: Inspiration FM (Inspiration Radio Ltd), Northampton Website: www.inspirationfm.co.uk Inspiration FM will serve underrepresented ethnic minority communities in Northampton with the specific aim of promoting social inclusion. The service Read more +

Commencement of small-scale DAB licensing

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Following the publication of Ofcom’s Statement in April on Licensing small-scale DAB, Ofcom has announced their plans to advertise the first (‘Round One’) small-scale radio multiplex licences on Tuesday 1 September 2020. This will also be the date from which applicants will be able to apply for a Community Digital Read more +

Ofcom awards six new community radio licences (May 2020)

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has announced the award of six new community radio licences in England and Scotland. The new stations will serve communities in Dunfermline in Scotland, and Kent, London and North Somerset in England. Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits Read more +

Ofcom Develops Temporary COVID-19 Short-term Restricted Service Licence

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has developed a new temporary licence product in light of the extraordinary circumstances of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic for those wanting to provide a radio service designed specifically to share information, news and updates about the Covid-19 pandemic with their community. Ofcom, like all of us, must act responsibly at Read more +

Ofcom Statement: Licensing small-scale DAB – how Ofcom will exercise its new functions

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Small-scale DAB is a new way of transmitting digital radio that uses advances in software and low-cost computer technology to provide a flexible and inexpensive approach to the terrestrial broadcast of digital radio services to a relatively small geographic area. Ofcom has now published its statement that sets out how Read more +

Ofcom: a Coronavirus update

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Dear Broadcaster Ofcom is understandably receiving a number of queries from broadcast licensees about the Coronavirus situation and how we will view any impact the current situation has on compliance with regulatory obligations. We recognise that the current situation is fast-moving and unpredictable. We appreciate that all organisations will need to follow Government Read more +

Key Commitments and coronavirus (COVID-19)

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry, Resources.

The Community Media Association recently raised the issue with Ofcom of the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) possibly impacting on the ability of community radio stations to meet their Key Commitments. Ofcom advises that in any situation where they are assessing whether or not a station is complying with its Key Commitments (or Format for Read more +

Ofcom awards four new community radio licences

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has announced the award of three new community radio licences in England, and one in Scotland. The new stations will serve communities in Edinburgh, Melksham in Wiltshire, Thornbury in Gloucestershire and Wimborne Minster, East Dorset. Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of Read more +

Ofcom awards four new community radio licences

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom announces the award of four new community radio licences in England, Scotland, and Wales. The new stations will serve communities in Shaftesbury, Dorset in England; Shotts in Lanarkshire, Scotland; Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales; and Towyn, Conwy, in North Wales. Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, Read more +

Ofcom – Supporting community radio across the UK

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom announces that the current round of community radio licensing on FM or AM will be the last “for the foreseeable future, as we will shortly begin licensing new local digital radio stations that will use cutting-edge ‘small-scale DAB’ technology, pioneered by an Ofcom engineer. We expect to invite applications Read more +

The Small-scale Radio Multiplex and Community Digital Radio Order 2019

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

The draft statutory instrument and explanatory memorandum for The Small-scale Radio Multiplex and Community Digital Radio Order 2019 have now been published online at the following link: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2019/9780111187784/contents The DCMS Parliamentary team has fast-tracked proceedings and the Small-scale Radio Multiplex and Community Digital Radio Order 2019 has been laid in Read more +

Information for broadcasters ahead of planned European Parliamentary elections

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has published a note to broadcasters on election programming, and an updated digest of evidence of past and current electoral support, to assist broadcasters in making editorial decisions ahead of potential European Parliamentary elections on 23 May. The evidence includes past election results and the latest opinion polls.

Invitation of applications for new community radio licences

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom is inviting applications for new FM community radio licences (PDF, 196.3 KB) in 43 areas across the UK. These areas were announced in September 2018, and were based on earlier responses from individuals or groups who had expressed an interest in applying for a community radio licence. The closing Read more +

Community Radio (Amendment) Order – Survey

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Campaigns, Licensing, Radio Industry.

In order to progress the development of small-scale DAB licensing, DCMS will need to develop the detail of the new arrangements with a view to seeking legislation when parliamentary time allows. The proposals will require changes to the Broadcasting Act 1990, the Broadcasting Act 1996 and the Communications Act 2003. Read more +

Expressions of interest in small-scale DAB

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has published details of the responses to their call for expressions of interest for small-scale DAB. Small-scale DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) is an innovative technology designed to allow local stations to achieve affordable transmission on digital radio. Ofcom’s update contains three maps and tables showing the locations where parties Read more +

New application process for short-term restricted service licences

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has outlined a new application process for short-term restricted service licences (SRSLs). Under the new process, applications should now be submitted by email. Other changes include requiring applicants to provide more detailed information to help us better assess whether they have appropriate processes for ensuring compliance with broadcasting standards. Read more +

Small-Scale DAB Licensing consultation – Comment from the Community Media Association on the Government’s proposals

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has published its response to the industry consultation on the development of Small Scale Digital Audio Broadcasting (SSDAB). The Community Media Association (CMA) is the sector body for community media in the UK and includes among its membership the majority of Read more +

Call for expressions of interest: Small-scale DAB

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

The Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Act 2017 (“2017 Act”) made provision for the licensing and regulation of small-scale radio multiplex services. Specifically, it allowed for the introduction of secondary legislation which would apply certain provisions of the Broadcasting Act 1996 and/or Communications Act 2003, with appropriate modifications, to small-scale radio Read more +

Ofcom awards two new community radio licences in England

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has announced the award of two new community radio licences in England. The new stations will serve communities in Manchester and Leicester. More than 250 community radio stations are currently on air. The two new community radio licences have been awarded to: Heritage Community Radio (British Muslim Heritage Centre) Location: Read more +

Ofcom awards two new community radio licences

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has announced the award of two new community radio licences in England. The new stations will serve communities in Manchester and Leicester. More than 250 community radio stations are currently on air. The two new community radio licences have been awarded to: Heritage Community Radio (British Muslim Heritage Centre) Read more +

Ofcom Consultation: Localness on commercial radio

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom seeks views on a number of proposed changes to the localness guidelines for local commercial radio stations. The current guidelines were last substantially revised in 2010, and in light of the ongoing pace of change in the media sector, Ofcom has reviewed the current guidelines. This has included some Read more +

Ofcom update on coverage improvements and extensions for community radio services and licensing process

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has published details of giving existing community radio licensees an opportunity to apply to improve or extend their current licensed coverage area. Following the statement on ‘Community Radio: future licensing and technical policy’ published on 28 April 2017, Ofcom is inviting applications for changes to the coverage of existing Read more +

Ofcom awards two new community radio licences

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Licensing, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has announced the award of two new community radio licences in England. The new stations will serve communities in Bradford and Hampshire. Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to a particular area or community of interest. More than Read more +

Ofcom awards eight new community radio licences

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Community News, Licensing, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has announced the award of eight new community radio licences in England and Scotland. The new stations will serve communities in Coventry, Leeds, Reading and Waterlooville in England; and Glasgow and Peterhead in Scotland. Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific Read more +